The Happiness Test
We’d love it if you could find just a minute or two to take the test. It’s totally anonymous, but it would help to know where you’re from, and where in the world you are now, and one or two other details, so we can come up with a map of happiness (Mappiness…?).
Once we have enough data, we will use it to build up an idea of where along our journey people feel that they are happiest. Whether you are rich or poor, whether you have children or grandchildren or none, and whatever colour your skin or who you find attractive, all we’re after is are you ok? Ok? Great.
Then let’s begin:
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Our Happiness Test is a variant of the Lyubomirsky & Lepper (1999) Subjective Happiness Scale. This is a short form questionnaire of just five questions. We like the Subjective Happiness Scale because all it seeks to discover is how happy you feel. We’re looking at self-evaluation, social comparison, and person perception. While other scales try to incorporate much more information, we hope that the combination of a simple scale, combined with our subjective experiences of the places we visit and the people we meet will inform us in a way that we will be able to learn from.
- Lyubomirsky, S., & Lepper, H. (1999). A measure of subjective happiness: Preliminary reliability and construct validation. Social Indicators Research, 46, 137-155. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.